Mark Udall is a very liberal member of the US House of Representatives who happens to reside near Eldorado Springs in unincorporated Boulder County, Colorado and has a Boulder mailing address and ZIP code.
Was the previous sentence too wordy? Lynn Bartels of the Rocky Mountain News believed that this clarification was too long as of last Wednesday, as Jason Salzman reported. Ben DeGrow at Schaffer v. Udall deconstructed Bartels’ airbrushing of Dick Wadhams’ “Boulder Liberal Mark Udall” quote last Wednesday.
Today, Jason Salzman offers a correction to his previous story:
I should have made it clear that [ Lynn ] Bartels will not routinely delete “Boulder liberal” from [ Dick ] Wadhams’ quotations in which he refers to Democratic Senate candidate Mark Udall of Eldorado Springs as “Boulder liberal Mark Udall.”
She will evaluate Wadhams quotes on a case-by-case basis.
It will be interesting to see how Lynn Bartels treats Dick Wadhams’ “Boulder Liberal Mark Udall” quotes in the future. However, it is amazing how much virtual and actual ink Jason Salzman and others waste on the argument that Udall is not really from Boulder. These verbal contortions are reminiscent of a previous Democrat President with a convoluted definition of “is.”
The oddest thing about the squawking about Mark Udall’s Boulder ties is that they are mostly irrelevant. Every time Udall’s supporters play geographical gymnastics, the moniker “liberal” goes unchallenged in every story. While it is well documented at The Colorado Index and Schaffer v Udall that Mark Udall holds positions to the left of most Coloradans, most of the media outlets do not try to obscure that fact.
The November election will turn on Udall’s liberal positions, not his ZIP code. However, Lynn Bartels, Jason Salzman, and their media friends are ensuring that the slogan “Boulder liberal Mark Udall” will be seared into the conscience of the electorate.
by Civil Sense